Development of TTS (Text To Speech) in Regional Languages – eSpeak  

Development of TTS (Text To Speech) in Regional Languages – eSpeak

Summary :

Presentation on work done by Mahiti to enable Indian languages in eSpeak TTS

Sreekanth shares, “I was invited to present a paper on “Development of TTS in regional languages – eSpeak" during the National Conference on "Promoting Accessibility in Higher Education and Transportation for Girls with Visual Impairment", held on 23rd Aug 2013. The conference was organised by Mitra Jyoti, Bangalore.

It was an honour to share the dais for the panel discussion with, Dipendra Manocha, President, DAISY Forum of India, Dr. Ramana P, Senior Research Analyst, Amazon and Session Chair, Shanti Raghavan, Managing Trustee, Enable India.

My presentation included:

      a) Introduction to eSpeak

      b) Current status - eSpeak Development

      c) Indian languages implemented by Mahiti - Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Bengali

      d) Additional languages that Mahiti is working on - Assamese, Manipuri, Oriya and Sindhi

      e) Discussing how participants can help us in beta testing our work

I was amazed at the interest shown towards eSpeak and the numerous questions that were being asked about the same during the session as well as lunch hour.

We look forward to the possibility of working with students of MitraJyothi to improve Indian language capabilities of eSpeak.”